Summer Courses Welcome Lithuanian Diaspora


Vytautas Magnus University and the Lithuanian Emigration Institute invite people of Lithuanian heritage (age 18 and older) living abroad to attend the summer courses Refresh in Lithuania, which will take place in Kaunas on 18–30 July 2011

The main goal of the Refresh in Lithuania summer courses is to bring together Lithuanians living abroad, help them retain their bond with their family’s homeland and introduce them to modern Lithuania.

The courses, which are in progress until the end of July, are targeted towards student-age members of Lithuanian Diaspora, who wish to forge closer ties to Lithuania either by improving their language skills or by learning more about Lithuanian culture and history, as well as social, economic, and political conditions in the country.

The participants of Refresh in Lithuania will attend interesting lectures, visit museums and get to know the everyday life of a Lithuanian student. Trips will be organized to the most beautiful places in Lithuania – Rumšiškės, Vilnius, Trakai, Klaipėda, etc.

The summer courses Refresh in Lithuania are organized for the second year in a row. The courses held for the first time in July 2010 were dedicated to the world Lithuanians, all individuals living abroad who wanted to revive their connection to Lithuania and Lithuanian nationality, as well as improve their Lithuanian language skills.

The conceptual author of the summer courses Refresh in Lithuania, head of the Lithuanian Emigration Institute and VMU lecturer Prof. Egidijus Aleksandravičius enthused that courses of such kind are “a mature idea based on a long period of observation. It is an original course of action that was barely touched by other universities (except for the ones in Ireland). It takes into account the challenges of the far future, allows to foresee a great common benefit and makes VMU the leader on this path”.

Summer courses that were held in 2010 were attended by a large crowd of VMU lecturers, students and guests from other institutions, who worked hard and shared their experience. More information about the summer courses Refresh in Lithuania is available on the website of the Lithuanian Diaspora Academy.

The official Patron of the Summer Courses is Ms. Irena Degutienė, Speaker of the Seimas (Lithuanian Parliament).

For more information or details on registration to the course, please write e-mail to

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